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Public Sector Opportunities
POSITION: Biologist - Field Supervisor, Mosquito Extermination, Morris County, NJ
DESCRIPTION: The Morris County Department of Public Works, Mosquito Control Division, is seeking a Biologist to become part the mosquito control staff. We are looking for a candidate to supervise inspection staff, perform field work requiring the application of biological and closely related principles and techniques; does other related duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications - graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the biological sciences.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete an application form available on the Morris County Job advertisement page.
POSITION: Director, Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission
DESCRIPTION: The Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission is inviting applications to fill this position. The purpose of this position is to implement, plan, direct and coordinate the administrative, field and technical operations of the Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission. The class is responsible for supervising a staff of biologists, mechanics, operations and administrative personnel; budget and financial planning and administration, policy, and reporting.
QUALIFICATIONS: Requires Bachelor’s degree in Entomology, Biology or Environmental Science or a closely related field or equivalent experience in the management of a mosquito control program. Requires over four years and up to and including eight years of experience in a mosquito control program.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply for this position through the AMCA Job Board posting 54626769.
POSITION: Associate Professor, Arbovirologist, Tulane University
DESCRIPTION: The Department of Tropical Medicine in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is seeking a prominent investigator in arboviral research to develop a Center of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases. This researcher will have a well-developed program in the molecular epidemiology, immunology, molecular biology, pathogenesis or pathogen-vector interactions for one or several arboviruses. Resources will be provided for relocation and recruitment of additional faculty positions. Candidates should have evidence of sustained scientific productivity and may have external funding for research.
Individual research programs in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane currently include dengue and other mosquito-borne viral pathogens, malaria, Chagas, schistosomiasis, tick-borne diseases and antimicrobial resistance. There is a strong entomology research program with links to the city and state mosquito control boards. Related research programs at Tulane involve tuberculosis, HIV. lassa fever and ebola.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates at the Associate or Full Professor levels should have national or international reputations, robust and active research programs, and a history of mentorship and leadership to enable their success in building international research teams, educational programs and other aspects of leadership within the Department of Tropical Medicine.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Interested candidates should forward a CV, a cover letter describing their research interests and leadership accomplishments, and names of 3 referees in a single pdf file to email@example.com with “Arbovirology Search Committee” in the subject space.
POSITION: Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation, Center for Environmental Health & Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University
DESCRIPTION: SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), in collaboration with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), seeks two internationally recognized experts in vector-borne diseases and infectious disease ecology, broadly defined, to apply for an Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation position (Commensurate of the experience of the Empire Innovation Program (EIP) faculty per decision of campus leadership) as part of the New York State Empire Innovation Scholar Program. The program and position aims to expand the ranks of world-class faculty within the SUNY system. EIP positions are highly prized and very competitive; as such, EIP faculty enjoy special distinction within the SUNY system and are largely free of teaching responsibilities in order to accelerate their research.
The successful candidates will join a growing team of collaborative and interdisciplinary researchers in Central New York in the expansion of a new Center for Environmental Health and Medicine, a SUNY-funded collaboration between ESF and UMU organizationally within the UMU Institute for Global Health and Translational Sciences (IGHTS). Utilizing the expertise of the successful candidate the Center will be able to leverage the robust facilities, faculty expertise, and platforms for research on a local and global scale to address the greatest challenges to environmental and human health. Linking local and global surveillance and research efforts will provide a unique opportunity for students, fellows and faculty. More information about the Center can be found by visiting the SUNY CEHM website.
QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate should have an established research program focused on the complex relationship between the environment and human health, currently funded through competitive extramural sources that are R01 or R01-equivalent.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of research interests to firstname.lastname@example.org. References will be requested if you are selected as a finalist. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Postdoctoral / Fellowships
POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Position, Insecticide Resistance and Control of Disease Vectors
DESCRIPTION: The Department of Entomology at Cornell University is seeking to fill a postdoctoral research associate position focused on pesticide resistance monitoring of mosquito and tick populations in the northeastern United States. The selected candidate will focus on determining the status and extent of resistance in the region through the NEVBD pesticide resistance monitoring program. In addition, the successful candidate may be involved in the evaluation of new insecticides and efficacy trials for the control of regional disease vectors. The position is part of the CDC-funded NEVBD, carrying many opportunities to interact with our leadership team and collaborators across the region. They will also work as part of a DOD-funded team focused on testing and developing methods for the control of the recently invasive Asian Longhorned Tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis).
The successful candidate is expected to play a leading role in this effort by expanding and guiding the NEVBD Pesticide Resistance Monitoring Network. Ability work independently – but also as a member of a large regional team – is essential. This position will also require experience in mosquito field collection, insecticide resistance bioassays, experimental design, GIS and statistical analyses. The successful candidate will be expected to train and work with vector control staff throughout the region, delivering training modules specifically for the collection, testing, and reporting of insecticide resistance data. The candidate will also be expected to communicate and learn the needs of the stakeholder community to guide this program. They will also be responsible for testing novel insecticides for their potential use in mosquito and tick control and will have the opportunity to contribute to courses for the NEVBD MS program in vector-borne disease. In addition to carrying out research central to the CDC-funded project, and obtaining publishable results and publications, the successful candidate will supervise a technician and find opportunities to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research and will themselves be mentored by Dr. Harrington in skills that will be relevant to their future career (such as grant-writing, laboratory management, planning experiments, data analysis). Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Cornell University provides an excellent benefits package.
QUALIFICATIONS: Must have a PhD in Entomology, Ecology, or related field, supported by publications in peer-reviewed journals. Strong skills in experimental design and statistical analysis are essential. Prior experience working with mosquitoes and ticks in the field and performing insecticide resistance bioassays are preferred. Experience with mapping and spatial analysis is desirable. Strong communication (verbal and written) skills, fluency in English, and an ability to work well with others are required.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: We are seeking a candidate to fill the position immediately, with a preferred start date in September -October 2020. This is a full-time position with a one-year contract from the start date, with renewal contingent upon performance and availability of funds. For more information, contact Laura C. Harrington (email@example.com).
POSITION: Postdoctoral Associate in Tropical Medicine, Tulane University
DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available immediately to join the laboratory of Dr. Claudia Herrera in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University. The fellow will conduct research on the molecular identification and characterization of Trypanosoma cruzi parasites and genomic analysis of T. cruzi under the supervision of Dr. Herrera. The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with faculty from the SPHTM department of Tropical Medicine working on Genome analysis. Opportunities will also be available for independent and collaborative research on Chagas disease, field work abroad, attendance at professional meetings, participation in research grant proposals, and co-authorship on publication of research findings. The incumbent will conduct quality Chagas disease research in laboratory settings as well as in the field and assist in training students and other lab personnel.
QUALIFICATIONS: The position is open to applicants with a PhD in Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics, Computational molecular biology or Genome sequencing technologies with experience in Tropical Medicine or related biological discipline. Successful candidates must have an interest in molecular epidemiology of Chagas disease and other tropical infectious diseases, working with Dr. Claudia Herrera. Preference will be given to an individual with experience in bioinformatics analysis or comparative genomics, pertaining to the characterization of parasites.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Candidates interested in the position should apply in Interfolio: apply.interfolio.com/76433.
POSITION: ORISE Fellowship, CDC Disease Ecology
DESCRIPTION: A research opportunity is available with the Entomology and Ecology team in the Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch within the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will study rickettsial organisms and their arthropod vectors in laboratory and field settings, enhancing their understanding of the biology, ecology, and pathogenesis of vector-borne infections. The participant will receive insight into natural maintenance and transmission of multiple human pathogens and provide potential avenues for improvement of diagnosis, prevention, and control. The participant will learn laboratory techniques, and enhance their aptitude, knowledge, and skills in the fields of rickettsiology and public health. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds.
QUALIFICATIONS: The qualified candidate should have received a bachelor’s degree in one of the follwing relevant disciplines: earth and geosciences, environmental and marine sciences, life health and medical sciences. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications should be submitted for opportunity CDC-DVBD-2020-0218 through the ORISE Zintellect online program. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
POSITION: Postdoctoral Position, Host-Microbe Interactions and Stem Cell Biology Aedes aegypti
DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Nicolas Buchon at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA), for a highly motivated candidate to study host-microbe interactions, epithelial dynamics and stem cell biology in Aedes aegypti. The research project, funded by NIH (R01-AI148529), will use a combination of omics (transcriptomics, epigenomics, single cell omics), functional genetics (transgenesis, CRISPR), microbiology and imaging to study how microbes and parasites influence epithelial dynamics in the mosquito midgut. Our project will cover studies involving a broad range of microbes including bacteria (pathogens and microbiota), plasmodium as well as viruses. This project is expected to contribute to the advancement of a molecular and cellular understanding of the mosquito midgut and reveal new aspects of its interaction with microbes. The studies will open new inroads for future research, with relevance to resistance and tolerance of mosquitoes to the disease they transmit.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have (or be close to earning) a Ph.D in vector biology, molecular or cellular biology, immunology / microbiology / host-microbe interactions, stem cell biology or a related biological discipline, be self-motivated, and have excellent communication (verbal and written English) and organizational skills. Solid molecular biology skills, and experience with omics are required. Strong interest in functional genetic approaches and the development of tools required to take these approaches is highly desired. Candidates with a strong expertise in vector biology, host-microbe interactions or stem cell biology will be preferred. Applicants should have a strong interest and experience in mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications from candidates should be sent by email to Professor Nicolas Buchon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a CV, statement of research experiences and interests, and contact information for three or four referees. The cover letter should include an explanation of how your qualifications and experiences make you a good candidate for this position. Informal inquiries are welcome. Consideration of applications will begin immediately.
POSITION: Postdoctoral Position, Population Genomics of Range Expansion and Adaptation
DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available in the Armbruster lab at Georgetown University to study the population genomics of range expansion and climatic adaptation in the invasive mosquito, Aedes albopictus. The focus of the project is to: 1) use whole-genome sequence data to determine the evolutionary history of the world-wide range expansion of Aedes albopictus, 2) develop genomic tools to rapidly identify the origin of new invasive populations, and 3) identify the genetic basis of life-history adaptation across the species range. The project will leverage historical data and samples to identify allochronic evolutionary changes at both the molecular and phenotypic level. This is a collaborative project with Gisella Caccone’s lab at Yale that will involve extensive interaction between the research teams at Georgetown and Yale. The position will also include an opportunity to develop additional research projects. The initial appointment will be for one year, with extension for an additional 1.5 years based on excellent performance. Starting salary will be approximately $49,000 per year with benefits. The start date is flexible, but sometime in October thru December of 2020 would be ideal.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have completed their PhD in evolutionary biology or a related discipline with a demonstrated record of research productivity and publication. The project will involve substantial insect husbandry, molecular biology and bioinformatics analyses. Candidates with expertise in two of these three areas will be given preference, and a desire to work in all three areas is essential.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin July 1st, 2020, and continue until the position has been filled. Applicants should submit the following material to Peter Armbruster (email@example.com) with “postdoc application” in the subject line: 1) A CV including names and contact information of three references, and 2) A one-page research statement describing previous accomplishments and long-term goals. Informal inquiries prior to submission of a full application are encouraged.
Professional Development & Training Opportunities
eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance
The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 3-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. Enrollment discounts may be available.
American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules
The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus
Certification in Public Health Entomology
The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.
CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.
Entomological Society of America Certification Programs
The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:
- Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
- Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists
Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers
The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.
NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.
Pesticide Management Education Program Distance Learning Center
The Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) partners with the New York State Integrated Pest Management program (NYSIPM) to provide online pesticide applicator courses. These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.
Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)
A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.
Additional Career Websites
American Mosquito Control Association
American Public Health Association
American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
Entomological Society of America
Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California
National Association of County and City Health Officials
New Jersey Mosquito Control Association
Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases
Society for Vector Ecology
Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board